A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Athens vs. San Juan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Athens or San Juan?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Athens and San Juan. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Athens or San Juan?

Athens

Athens is the capital city of Greece and is home to a population of over 3.7 million people. It's most famous as the birthplace of Classical Greece and the history in the city is incomparable to that found anywhere. It became the national capital of the modern Greek State in the 1830s, before which it was just a small village with a very impressive history. The city was redesigned by architects and city planners and incorporated large public squares, lots of green space, and wide avenues. The city has had its ups and downs both economically and politically, but it remains a beautiful and impressive place to explore.

San Juan

If you've ever set foot on a Caribbean cruise, you've probably spent a bit of time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, maybe you should consider spending more than just a port day in this beautiful and historically rich city.

As the capital and largest city in all of Puerto Rico, San Juan is home to approximately 400,000 people. Established in 1521, it is also the second oldest European-founded settlement in the Americas.

As this city fuses a historic paradise with modern day energy, it has absolutely everything to offer. Intellectual wanderers, beach bums, rainforest adventurers and radical surfers will all find plenty to do in San Juan.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 3-Day Tours from Athens, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Athens.


Which place is cheaper, San Juan or Athens?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Athens is $137, while the average daily cost in San Juan is $192. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Athens and San Juan in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens $68
    San Juan $124
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens $136
    San Juan $248
Compare Hotels in Athens and San Juan

Looking for a hotel in Athens or San Juan? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Athens


Hotels in San Juan


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Athens Hotel Prices and San Juan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens $29
    San Juan $14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:


  • Airport Bus for Two
    $6.88
  • Metro
    $1.61
  • Metro
    $2.15
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    $8.60
  • Taxi from Airport
    $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

Also for Athens, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • From Paros: Helicopter Transfer to Greek Islands or Athens: $2,732
  • From Meteora Private Day Trip with Transfer: $1,398
  • Cape Sounio & Athens Private Day Trip with Transfers: $629
  • From Ancient Corinth Private Day Trip with Transfer: $618
  • Private Transfer to/from Volos: $477
  • From Ancient Corinth Day Trip with Private Transfer: $467
  • Disembark Embark 4-H Inspiring Tour Of Athens With Transfer: $304
  • From Private Cape Sounion Sunset Tour with Transfer: $304
  • Athens airport to Costa Navarino transfer or Costa Navarino to Athens: $295
  • Luxury Private Transfer from Athens to Kymi Port: $287
  • Private Transfer From Athens To Lefkada: $287
  • Private Transfer from Athens to Mantoudi: $276

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Juan

Also for San Juan, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • San Juan Airport (SJU): Private Transfer to San Juan Port: $274
  • San Juan Puerto Rico Cruise Port: Transfer to San Juan hotel: $274
  • HandyCap Transfer Airport to Dorado, Rio Grande or Luquillo: $270
  • Carabali Rain Forest Round Trip Private Taxi Transfer: $210
  • Private Transfer to El Conquistador Hotel : $200
  • Private Airport Transfers to Ceiba Ferry Terminal and Airport: $155
  • Transfer SJU Airport to Dorado. Hotels and Airbnb. Vice Versa One Way Trip.: $140
  • Puerto Rico Island Wide Transfer, 16Pax Mercedes Van, Select Zone: $130
  • Oneway Transfer from San Juan (SJU, hotel, airbnb, port) to Ponce: $125
  • Arrival Private Transfer SJU Airport to Old San Juan by SUV: $125
  • Puerto Rico Island Wide Private Transfers, 14Pax Lux Sprinter Van: $124
  • Luquillo Puerto Rico to/from San Juan Airport Private Transfer: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or San Juan?

Prices for flights to both San Juan and Athens change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Athens $40
    San Juan $36
Typical Food Prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:


  • Ice cream
    $3.23
  • Souvlaki
    $2.37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens

For Athens, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Hard Rock Cafe Athens with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $24
  • Hard Rock Cafe Athens with Set Lunch or Dinner: $27
  • Street Food Tour Market & City Centre: $42
  • Foodies’ Favorite Food tour: $47
  • Greek Street Food Tour: $54
  • "A Night in Dinner and Music Under the Stars": $60
  • Street Food Tour with 7 Tastings: $65
  • Street Food Tour - Sample the Food the Locals Love: $65
  • Light Lunch Tasting & Cooking Demo: $67
  • Athens Street Food Tour: Taste the best streed food: $68
  • The Authentic Greek Food Tour: $70
  • The Bizarre Food Tour of Athens: $72

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Juan

For San Juan, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • From Pinones Beach & Bar Hopping Food Tour: $50
  • Old San Juan Sunset Food Tour with Drinks: $156
  • Savor the Sunset: Old San Juan Walk and Food Tour: $159
  • City Lights Sky — Elevated Dinner Experience: $165
  • Authentic Flavors of San Juan Food Tour: $170

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens $38
    San Juan $49

Tours and Activities in Athens

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Athens.

  • Acropolis/Athens Highlights Private Evening Tour (5 hours) from Athens, Piraeus: $88
  • Ancient Corinth Canal Epidavrous Nafplio Private Tour 8Hours: $207
  • Apostle Paul's Footsteps in Athens Christian Private Tour 4Hours: $144
  • Best of Athens & Ancient Corinth Full Day Private Tour 8h: $200
  • DISCOVER ATHENS IN 6HRS Private Tour BEST INTRODUCTION-FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS : $221
  • Delphi full day V.R audio guided tour with entry ticket: $44
  • Food Experience in Athens including Unlimited Lunch : $64
  • Layover Private Tour in Athens: $249
  • Mycenae Epidavrous Nafplio Full Day Private Tour From Athens 8 H: $184
  • Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio Full-Day V.R audio guided Tour: $44
  • Private Full Day Tour in Delphi: $215
  • Private Tour in Athens : $193

Typical Entertainment Prices in San Juan

For San Juan, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Horseback Riding Tour
    $40
  • Full Day Snorkeling Trip
    $100
  • 1 Hr Windsurfing Lesson
    $75

Tours and Activities in San Juan

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for San Juan.

  • (Private) El Yunque tour Transportation Included - 7AM or 12PM: $115
  • (Small-Group) El Yunque Tour with Transportation / 7AM or 12PM: $105
  • Airport transportation to cruise ships, hotels, bnb's in San Juan, Puerto Rico: $69
  • Along The Shore Private Helicopter Tour San Juan Puerto Rico: $295
  • Arenales Caves, Waterfall & River Swimming Adventure: $140
  • Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure from San Juan: $110
  • Bioluminescent Bay Night Kayak Experience: $225
  • Black Sand Beach- See The Southeast of Puerto Rico Private Tour: $150
  • Carolina: ATV Adventure at Campo Rico Ranch with Guide: $136
  • Center of Puerto Rico Private Tour from San Juan: $195
  • Culebra Beach Day Tour with Snorkeling from San Juan by Ferry: $220
  • Culebra Snorkeling Tour by Catamaran from Fajardo: $175

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens $24
    San Juan $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Athens:

  • The NightCrawlers | Athens Bar Hopping | Pub Crawl: $18
  • Pub Crawl with Unlimited Drinks & Nightclub Access: $19
  • Pub Crawl with Unlimited Drinks, Free Shots & Deals: $21
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Athens, Greece: $25
  • Saturday Night Bar Crawl in Athens, Greece: $25
  • Greek Wine Tasting Experience with a Sommelier: $43
  • Athens Wine Tasting: $44
  • Old Town Wine Tasting: $53
  • Best rated Acropolis Wine Tasting : $54
  • Noble Greeks Acropolis Wine Tasting with Private Sommelier: $54
  • Greek Wine Tasting with Acropolis view: $54
  • 1 Hour Private Four Greek Wine Tasting and Food Pairing in Athens: $55

Sample the Local Flavors in San Juan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in San Juan:

  • The Pinones Pub crawl Bar crawl : $70


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Athens and San Juan, we can see that San Juan is more expensive. And not only is Athens much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Athens is in Europe and San Juan is in Caribbean Islands, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Athens would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Athens and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in San Juan would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in San Juan than you might in Athens.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Athens Expensive? and Is San Juan Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Athens or San Juan?

Athens has a larger population, and is about 74% larger than the population of San Juan. When comparing the sizes of Athens and San Juan, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Athens or San Juan?

Athens has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but San Juan experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Athens or San Juan in the Summer?

Both San Juan and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Athens this time of year. Plenty of visitors come to San Juan because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the summer, Athens is around the same temperature as San Juan. Typically, the summer temperatures in Athens in July average around 27°C (81°F), and San Juan averages at about 28°C (83°F).

It's quite sunny in San Juan. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives more sunshine than San Juan during summer. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies, while San Juan receives 287 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Athens usually receives less rain than San Juan. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    San Juan 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Athens or San Juan in the Autumn?

Both San Juan and Athens during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Athens for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to San Juan year-round.

In October, Athens is generally cooler than San Juan. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 19°C (67°F), and San Juan fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).

In San Juan, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Athens. In the autumn, Athens often gets less sunshine than San Juan. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while San Juan receives 235 hours of full sun.

San Juan gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Athens usually gets less rain in October than San Juan. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    San Juan 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Athens or San Juan in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and San Juan. Many visitors come to Athens in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. San Juan attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Athens is much colder than San Juan in the winter. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 10°C (51°F) in January, and San Juan fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in San Juan this time of the year. Athens usually receives less sunshine than San Juan during winter. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies, while San Juan receives 240 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Athens usually receives less rain than San Juan. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    San Juan 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Athens or San Juan in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Athens as well as San Juan. Most visitors come to Athens for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months. The warm climate attracts visitors to San Juan throughout the year.

In the spring, Athens is much colder than San Juan. Typically, the spring temperatures in Athens in April average around 16°C (60°F), and San Juan averages at about 26°C (79°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in San Juan. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the spring, Athens often gets less sunshine than San Juan. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while San Juan receives 272 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in April than San Juan. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    San Juan 26°C (79°F)

Typical Weather for San Juan and Athens

Athens San Juan
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 25°C (77°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 26°C (78°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 26°C (79°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 28°C (83°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)